VIPCO (Video Instant Picture Company) was originally founder by Michael Lee as a UK home video distribution company that specialised in releasing horror films; many of which were prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act in the 1980s. Dubbed ‘video nasties’ by the British tabloids, VIPCO became notorious for releasing The Driller Killer, Zombie Flesh Eaters, and Cannibal Holocaust.
If you are old enough, you’ll likely remember VIPCO’s Vault of Horror collection scattered on VHS throughout your local video store. Unfortunately, the original incarnation of VIPCO was unable to capture the imagination of a new generation during the early days of DVD. It was the final nail in the coffin. VIPCO was put to rest after 28 years in the horror business… but legends never really die.
The name VIPCO was resurrected last year by HorrorScreams VideoVault CEO Peter Hopkins and writer/filmmaker Lorna J. Child as a new label with the same underlying focus: horror film distribution. Currently producing their first horror anthology, VIPCO’s Vault of Terror, VIPCO have also released Darren J. Perry and Mark Williams’ documentary VHS Forever? Psychotronic People, and Terence Elliott’s Devil in the Woods on Blu-ray and DVD; available now from vipcoltd.com
2021 will also see the UK release of Thomas Lee Rutter’s Day of the Stranger, Alexander Churchyard and Michael Holiday’s I Scream on the Beach!, Peter Goddard and Terence Elliott’s Harvest of the Dead: Halloween Night, and Donald Farmer and Caroline Kopko’s Cannibal Hookers.